Minishova encourages child health


The Tsogo Sun Amashova, KwaZulu Natal’s biggest cycling event, is bringing back the Mini Shova to add a special fun and health element for our youngest bikers. Presented by Spur, this year’s event will take place on Saturday 11th October at Sunkist Beach, Suncoast, on the Durban Beachfront. It will be divided into two distance categories – a 5km event that starts at 07h30, followed by a 1km event that starts at 08h30.

Registration times:
Thursday 9th October : 13h00 – 18h00 at Suncoast Conference Centre Friday 10th October: 09h00 – 18h00 at Suncoast Conference Centre Saturday 11th
October: 07h00 Sunkist beach.
There is a R75 entry fee for 3 – 5 year olds and a R90 entry fee for 6 – 8 year olds. This includes a medal and a beach ball.

According to Race Director, Annie Batchelder, there were two important reasons for adding a children’s event to the much anticipated flagship road race that takes place over 106km from Pietermaritzburg to Durban as well as the 65km half challenge and a 35km fun ride starting from Hillcrest.
“Firstly, we want to promote family fun at the Amashova and what better way than by including kids in an event that their parents hold in high regard.
Secondly, we are all aware of the worrying increase in childhood obesity in this country. We believe that, because cycling is regarded as fun and not formal exercise, the more kids we can get riding bikes through our events, the better,” she said.

She said that she also hoped that as many children will be encouraged to take part this year. This would be a welcome break away from the largely sedentary lifestyles in front of television shows and computer games that many children are used to and could perhaps even encourage a change from fast foods to healthy meals.

The Amashova kid’s cycle events take place on a traffic-free route with safety being the organisers’ priority. The emphasis is on participation and not podium-chasing. “There is no pressure on the children to perform to a certain standard at our events,” explained Batchelder. “There are no positional prizes. Each little participant will receive a medal and a beach ball. We look forward to seeing the kids having some outdoor fun on their bikes.”
To enter, or for more information, visit or email or call them on 031 312 8896 during office hours!

Mini Amashova pic web sep14

Little Melusi Dladla, with his Dad, Siphamandla and Melissa Felt one of the Tsogo Sun Amashova organisers!